farmers market

Christchurch Farmer’s Market

I don’t want to sound too anti-Japan. Honestly, it’s a great country and there’s endless beauty but there have been a lot of things that I have been missing. Like, organic vegetables! Ugly vegetables that actually taste amazing and that are not wrapped in mounds of plastic. Oh how I love the Riccarton Market. It’s the only thing anyone should be doing on a Saturday morning. And, Posh Porridge. So good. We got the banana and boysenberry. The latter, not found in Japan. No boysenberries! Nor beetroots. And fejoias are super rare to find. Fun first day, check. For lunch, mum made soupeh jo (Persian barley soup with melt-in-your-mouth NZ lamb) which we ate with the organic bread and walnuts from the market, goat’s feta and fresh cucumber, tomato and mint.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. -Terry Pratchett

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review no25 posh porridge/pancakes

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Okay first up, this review is so overdue it’s not even funny but here goes.

Posh porridge takes the humble oat to a whole new world (yes, much like Aladdin does Jasmine). I mean, let’s just say, if Goldilocks were to sample this glorious porridge, she’d probably turn into a ravenous bear herself and violently hijack their stand. They (3 lovely vendors who I see operating Posh Porridge every Saturday) serve up the most (and seriously trust me when I say this) delicious porridge (well duh) you can find not only from 9am-1pm on a Saturday in CHCH but EVER. Ah, I sense you scepticism. If you’re not quite convinced and you’re sitting there reading this like: “ah I don’t know, my dad makes some pretty mean oats” then allow the following flavour combinations to blow your mind:

fig & ginger compote, dark chocolate, pistachio crumble
passionfruit curd, meringue coconut crumble, berry crush
banana, toffee sauce, roast almonds
poached rhubarb, vanilla bean custard, crumble

Do I really even need to continue?

As if creating the most delicious oatmeal in CHCH weren’t enough, PP occasionally mix up their menu and also provide delicious pancakes (equally dressed with posh and flavoursome toppings) and bircher muesli/overnight oats which is seriously on trend right now.

So Christchurch gave us an epic summer this year with bits and pieces still lingering about but as the colder months creep in, there’s no other disposable plate my frosty mitts would rather be clutching on a Saturday morning than a bowl of hot organic oatmeal. However, arguably the most popular stand at the Farmer’s Market, PP tends to get quite busy so be prepared to have to fight your way through the crowd in order to place your oatmeal request then hover close by with the millions of other porridge-eaters until your name is called. Although the queue is constant, the wait is seriously worth it!

Everybody Chill Out!

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Nothing says ‘summer’s coming’ quite like a cliched gelato pic in Rome. And by Rome, I mean the Riccarton House Farmers’ Market.

Rhubarb & Vanilla Sorbet – organic rhubarb, organic vanilla from Papua New Guinea & sugar.
Orange & Elderflower – fresh NZ Navel oranges, Smugglers Cove elderflower & sugar.
Sumner lemon & Yoghurt – organic yoghurt, organic lemons & sugar.
Belgian Chocolate – organic milk, cream, FR eggs, milk and dark Callebaut chocolate & sugar.

To celebrate a break in the chilly Christchurch weather and the start of a hot-to-be Summer (touch wood), my sister and I indulged in mouthwatering gelato at the Saturday Farmers’ Market this weekend. Sitting in the sun by the riverbank, it was pure bliss! We regret nothing. Seriously. Utopia Ice serves gelato that’s much healthier than most ice-creams but with a heavenly rich taste you won’t believe! So, if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth minus the guilt, I definitely recommend you thank Mother Nature for turning up the dial on ice-cream weather by devouring a big cup of Utopia Ice. (I like big cups and I cannot lie.)